Talk of the Towns, April 4, 2019

Published: 4/3/2019 4:15:35 PM

Smoking Cessation: Led by Tim Sweeney, tobacco treatment specialist. Meets Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m. at Athol Hospital’s cafeteria.


Concert: The Greenfield Community College Chorus will continue its spring semester concert series Saturday, 7:30 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, 8 Church St., titled “Baroque and Classical Choral Music.” The chorus will directed by Margery Heins with Henry Gaida accompanying at the piano, harpsichord, and organ, and with soloists from the chorus.

Community Meal: Stone Soup Cafe takes place Saturdays at noon at All Souls Church, 399 Main St. (Hope Street entrance). Local food served. Pay-what-you-can. All welcome.

Vet to Vet: The RECOVER Project and the Recovery Learning Community offer Vet to Vet every Thursday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at 74 Federal St. This collaboration is for all veterans, regardless of discharge status to offer support when the civilian world is a challenge. For more information, contact Tim at 413-475-0226.


Food Pantry: The community food pantry will be open Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The pantry is in the basement of Dickinson Memorial Library, 115 Main St. The pantry is open the second and fourth Saturdays of the month.

Shelburne Falls

Free Community Meal: Offered every Friday, 5:30 p.m. at Trinity Church, Severance Street.


Frontier Regional CFCE Free Drop-In Playgroup for Children up to 5 and their caregivers. Mondays and Fridays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Sunderland Elementary School, Swampfield Drive. Playgroup follows school calendar, and there will be no playgroup on school holidays, breaks or snow days. For questions contact Karen Green at or 413-665-1151.

Preschool story time: Fridays, 11 a.m. in the Children’s Room of the Sunderland Public Library. These story/craft times are for children ages 3 to 5 and their families/caregivers. Each story time is about 45 minutes and includes theme-related stories, songs, finger plays and crafts.

Serendipity Shop: Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Congregational Church basement. Men’s women, children’s clothing, shoes and sneakers. Most items $1. Men’s suits and all coats, $3. Women’s suits, $2. Donations accepted. Proceeds to benefit the church. 413-665-2890.

Turners Falls

Scott Cote, Franklin County Registrar of Deeds will be at Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A, on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. What documents are stored in the Registry of Deeds and how does this office function in preparing, maintaining and protecting our Franklin County records? Cote will provide an internal look at his department. He prides himself in excellent customer service by insuring the Registry is easy to navigate and inviting to folks needing to use it. He will answer questions pertinent to his office. Light refreshments provided by Greenfield Savings Bank.

Franklin Area Survival Center: The Food Pantry & Thrift Store hosted by staff and volunteers is at 96 Fourth St., 413-863-9549. The Thrift Store is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the Food Pantry is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The center is closed federal holidays. The Thrift Shop is open to the general public and helps finance its Food Pantry. In an emergency, such as a fire or flood, the center will supply needed clothing and linens, free, and additional food to help the victims of a disaster.


“Rodan” will be shown at the Wendell Free Library, Center of Wendell, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. A large mining accident sets loose prehistoric insects and giant pterosaurs on Japan. There will be a short one-half hour film before the movie, “Fireball XL5: Space Monster.” This is part of the monthly series of Science Fiction/Fantasy and Horror/Monster movies at the library. Free. or call 978-544-3559 for more information.

Upcoming Movies in this series. All movies start with a short opening film at
7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted: May 4, Fantastic Voyage, starring Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch.


Helpful Programs at LifePath: Any plan of care starts with your needs. LifePath services provide assistance with light homemaking, home-delivered meals, personal care, and adaptive equipment. Caregivers can take a break to de-stress with LifePath’s respite services. In addition, the Consumer Directed Care Program at LifePath allows elders in need to select their own care giver – perhaps a friend, neighbor or even a family member – who can be paid through this program (excludes spouses). For more information, visit: or call 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259. Read more at

SHINE: Serving the Health Insurance needs of Everyone: do you have Medicare but feel overwhelmed by your options? SHINE counselors are volunteers who provide free unbiased health insurance information, education, and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries and adults with disabilities to help people figure out what their best health insurance options are based on their unique needs. Contact a SHINE at LifePath at 413-773-555 or 978-544-2259. Email and learn more at

Vigil for Racial Justice Every Saturday, 9 to 10 a.m., at the Greenfield Common. Bring your own sign or use one of ours. Everyone is welcome. For more information:

Eventide Singers: Offering songs of hope and healing for seriously or terminally ill people, their families and caregivers. The service is offered in homes, hospitals and care facilities, without charge. The music can be selected in response to spiritual preference. For more information and a YouTube video of the group, go to: or call Marcia Schuhle at 413-774-2335 or Joe Toritto at 413-774-5828.

Straight Spouse Support: One to one support for straight individuals currently or once married to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender partners. Confidential helpline at 413-625-6636 or email locally or at the Straight Spouse Network nationally at

Help the blind: Your car, truck or camper may be worth more as a donation than a trade in. Call the Massachusetts Association for the Blind at 888-613-2777 for details. this is a free two, quick pick up and donations are tax-deductible. Proceeds benefit blind and vision impaired persons in Massachusetts.

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